Swinging Bridge Trail

EASY 16 reviews
#54 of 150 trails in

Swinging Bridge Trail is a 1.2 mile out and back trail located near Mariposa, California that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and birding and is best used from April until October.

1.2 miles
68 feet
Out & Back

kid friendly






wild flowers

no dogs

A short flat hike to the swinging bridge over a slow-moving river with perfect pools for swimming. This approximate 1.5 mile out-and-back hike will take you to a swinging wooden bridge with some great pools to swim in and lay in the afternoon sun. There is also a granite "slide" upriver of the bridge but water your swimsuit, as the tough granite has been known to rip holes in some suits. You will find it hard not to spend all day here, so pack a lunch and have a picnic on the granite slabs in between dips in the river. You can make the hike into a loop by walking back on the opposite side of the river; this road will eventually lead you to the Wawona Lodge.

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2 months ago

Quick easy hike

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3 months ago

Very easy..

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11 months ago

Quick easy hike... Gets crowded and hard to find a private swimming hole.

11 months ago

Moderate with swimming holes at the end.

11 months ago

The hike from Chilnualna Road was fine. Coming from the Wawona/Big Trees Lodge was brutal. We expected a flat paced trail that would be easy to bike - not the case!

The river at the bridge was awesome for swimming though. Buy an innertube (the store in Wawona sells them), and you can float around and even go down a natural waterside/rapid.

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The hike was nothing to write home about, but the river and the swimming pools were very nice!